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Beer Festivals

Southern Hampshire CAMRA has been running Southampton Beer Festival since 1997. The first 20 events were at Southampton Guildhall and in 2017 Southampton Beer Festival moved to St Mary's Stadium.

In 2010 we added to this by organising an Autumn Festival, in Woolston, appropriately called Woolston Beer Festival. We repeated this the next year and it has become annual event.

In 2011 we held Winchester Real Ale and Cider Festival at the end of March, returning a CAMRA beer festival to Winchester Guildhall after a gap of 28 years. This was another big success and the repeat events since then have been equally so.

All the staff at our beer festivals are volunteers. Many members of Southern Hampshire CAMRA also volunteer their time to work at the Great British Beer Festival each year.

Some of our aims in running beer festivals are:

  • To serve customers quality cask conditioned real ale.
  • To promote real ale to the local community, therefore increasing its popularity.
  • To promote membership of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.

If you'd like us to email you and let you know when we're holding beer festivals then join our "beerfests" mailing list and we'll keep you informed!

CAMRA Beer Festivals

  • Maidenhead Beer & Cider Festival – 26th, 27th & 28th July 2018
    Desborough College, Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead SL6 2QB
    12:00 – 22:00 Thursday; 12:00 – 22:30 Friday & Saturday. Ticket prices and other details still TBA. Run by Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead CAMRA
  • Great British Beer Festival – 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th August 2018
    Olympia, London.
    50,000 people expected at the biggest real ale festival in the world – run by volunteers from all CAMRA branches. Over 900 real ales, craft beers, ciders and perries. Tickets on sale now.

For CAMRA festivals over the whole of the UK see the main CAMRA website

Non-CAMRA Beer Festivals

Many beer festivals take place in our branch area, or nearby, that are not CAMRA beer festivals. Despite being unable to endorse these events, we believe that any beer festival that sells quality cask-conditioned real ales should be supported (see you there!). The information given here is purely for the benefit of readers, and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.
To get your beer festival listed here send an email to

    Fri 13/07/2018
       – Mon 16/07/2018
DonkeyTown Beer Festival
Pennington Sports & Social Club, 17 Lodge Road, Pennington, Hampshire, SO41 8HH
Friday 17:30 – 23:00; Saturday 13:00 – 23:00; Sunday 13:00 – 22:00. There's also a 'Mop-up Monday': 13:00-21:00, but that's only if there is any beer left! A mixture of indoor and outdoor areas, free entrance, and open to non-members. 20+ ales and 12+ ciders. Excepting Mop-up Monday, live music each session (quiet areas available also) and food available. See the club's website for more details when available
    Fri 20/07/2018
       – Sun 22/07/2018
Royal Oak, Hill Top
Exbury Road, Hill Top (nr. Beaulieu), SO42 7YR
Annual beer and cider festival. Barbecue & Hog roast. Live music each day plus family stuff such as bouncy castle & face painting. See
    Fri 20/07/2018
       – Sun 05/08/2018
Lawrence Arms Cider Festival
Lawrence Arms, 63 Lawrence Road, Southsea PO5 1NU
8th annual cider festival with over 30 different ciders over two weeks. Keep an eye on the pub's website for updates
    Sat 21/07/2018 Caversham Rock 'n' Ale
St Annes RC Primary School, Washington Road, Reading RG4 5AA
One evening only from 18:30 on the playing fields of St Anne’s School in Caversham (entrance may be on South View Road). Details on their Facebook page –
    Sat 21/07/2018
       – Sun 22/07/2018
Guildford Cheese and Chilli Festival
Shalford Park, Shalford Road, Guildford GU4 8BL
Cheese & Chilli Festival. A chain of festivals that also include beer festivals organised by Downton Brewery. 10:00 – 17:00 each day. Entrance £6 adults, £4 for older adults & kids free. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See
    Tue 24/07/2018
       – Sun 29/07/2018
Wheatsheaf, Titchfield
1 East St., Titchfield, PO14 4AD
Summer Beer & Sausage Festival with a Cider Day on the 29th. Music Thursday, Friday & Saturday. See their website for details
    Fri 27/07/2018
       – Sat 28/07/2018
Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival 2018
Victoria School, Lindsay Road, Branksome, Poole BH13 6AS
The South's only Bluegrass Festival. Over 35 beers and 25 ciders along with plenty of music. Hog Roast Saturday and Hot Dogs and Burgers on Friday. Open Friday 18:00 – 23:30 tickets £14, Saturday 12:00 – 23:30 tickets £18, or £25 for the whole weekend. See for full details.
    Fri 27/07/2018
       – Sun 29/07/2018
Rockstone Cider Festival 2018
The Rockstone, 63 Onslow Road SO14 0JL
25 ciders & perries. Nothing on their website though there is a Facebook event
    Fri 03/08/2018
       – Sun 05/08/2018
Shoe Inn, Plaitford
Salisbury Rd, Plaitford SO51 6EE
A selection of real ales and ciders in the garden bar including some from local breweries. Live Music each day, barbecue on Saturday afternoon and traditional roasts on Sunday. We've seen the advert in our Hop Press but the pub's website hasn't caught up yet -
    Fri 03/08/2018
       – Sat 11/08/2018
Cowes Week
The Parade, Cowes, IOW
Not a beer festival but during Cowes week at Cowes Parade there will be the Spinnaker / Real Ale Bar which we think is organised by some of the Isle of Wight breweries featuring their ales and ciders.
    Sat 04/08/2018 Fleet Lions Beer Festival
The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4BY
50 Real Ales + Ciders (local & afar!) + hog roast, music etc. Open lunchtime 11:00 – 15:00 & evening 17:30 – 21:30). Just 15 minutes walk from the railway station. Full details on their website
    Sat 04/08/2018 Vibrant Forest Beer Festival 2018
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7RY
Just the date for now. last year was 11:00 – 19:00 with 15 Vibrant Forest Beers plus guest beers & cider. Nothing on the brewery's website yet
    Fri 17/08/2018
       – Sun 19/08/2018
Turfcutters Arms
Main Road, East Boldre, SO42 7WL
Annual Beer Festival from 15:00 on Friday, a host of ales, barbecue and live music. Free entrance & family friendly. Keep an eye on for more details.
    Sat 18/08/2018
       – Sun 19/08/2018
Winchester Cheese and Chilli Festival
The Garrison Ground, Bar End Road, Winchester SO23 9NT
Cheese & Chilli Festival. A chain of festivals that also include beer festivals organised by Downton Brewery. 10:00 – 17:00 each day. Entrance £6 adults, £4 for older adults & kids free. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See
    Fri 24/08/2018
       – Mon 27/08/2018
44th Island Steam Show
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
There will be steam trains, Traction engines, men riding bikes, fairground rides and more. Oh yes, I forgot – there’s also real ale bar with an expected 50 beers. 10:00 – 18:00 each day. Tickets are £14.50 in advance, £16 on the gate, or £9.50 for the show only, no trains. See
    Fri 24/08/2018
       – Mon 27/08/2018
White Hart, Pennington
17 Milford Road, Pennington, SO41 8DF
Along with Real Ales and Cider, the afternoons will have family festival stuff such as bouncy castle, bungee run & fairground games. Music afternoons and/or evenings. Keep an eye on for full details.
    Sat 25/08/2018
       – Mon 27/08/2018
George Inn, Vernham Dean
Back Lane, Vernham Dean, Andover, SP11 0JY
Held over 3 days from midday to 11pm each day. Live music and around 20 different beers and ciders (largely from Hampshire and the surrounding area), together with wood-fired pizzas and BBQ. The pub's website is
    Sat 25/08/2018
       – Mon 27/08/2018
Tally Ho! Broughton
High Street, Broughton, nr Stockbridge, SO20 8AA
Annual beer festival. Dates only at the moment but usually over 20 beers and ciders, barbecue, Live music and family events. See for the festival, for the pub.
    Fri 28/09/2018
       – Sun 30/09/2018
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
Autumn Beer Festival. Usually over 3 days with 20 plus beers and ciders, with food available all day and music in the evenings. Keep an eye on for more details.
    Mon 29/10/2018
       – Sun 04/11/2018
New Forest Food & Drink Festival Week
Various venues around the New Forest
We are promised this will return in 2018 though we can't find anything about it at the moment. In 2016 we said: 'The New Forest Food & Drink Festival Week is a range of 120 events across 15 themes, including some real ale events. For a full list of what's on see'

If you know of any more non-CAMRA beer festivals in our branch area then please email the details to us.


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